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CHEM3116: Membranes, Self Assembly and Surfaces

Away from the covalent and ionic interactions that hold molecules and solids together is the world of fragile objects - folded polymers, membranes, surface adsorption and stable molecular aggregates - held together by weak forces such as van der Waals and the hydrophobic effect. The use of molecules rather than atoms as building blocks means that there are an enormous number of possibilities for stable aggregates with interesting chemical, physical and biological properties, many of which still wait to be explored. In this course we will examine the molecular interactions that drive self assembly and the consequences of these interactions in supramolecular assembly, lipid membrane formations and properties, microemulsions, polymer conformation and dynamics and range of fundamental surface properties including adhesion, wetting and colloidal stability.

Code CHEM3116
Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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[(CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) AND (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916)] OR (CHEM2521 or CHEM2921 or CHEM2991)
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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CHEM3916

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and language of the chemistry of surfaces and self-assembly, and the chemical processes driving them
  • LO2. explain and predict the intermolecular interactions, and thermodynamic considerations occurring in polymers, films, surfaces, colloids, and nanostructured self-assemblies
  • LO3. demonstrate the ability to perform safe laboratory manipulations and to handle glassware
  • LO4. demonstrate the ability to find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance
  • LO5. demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific information appropriately both orally and through written work
  • LO6. demonstrate the ability to engage in team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning
  • LO7. demonstrate a sense of responsibility and independence as a learner and as a scientist
  • LO8. demonstrate basic skills in computing, numeracy and data handling.

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